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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Audiobook

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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Publisher's Summary

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards - and the costs - of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way - the Chinese way - and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin. Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene: "According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing: 1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse. 2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality. 3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices - the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons - the depth of her love for her children becomes clear.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting - and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

©2010 Amy Chua (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    "OMG Amy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Sure glad she wasn't my mother! It helped me understand the chinese mother but at time I felt suffocated by her.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Tension


    Any additional comments?

    Amy is this really you?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur G Scott ALISO VIEJO, CA, US 09-04-12
    Arthur G Scott ALISO VIEJO, CA, US 09-04-12
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    If you could sum up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in three words, what would they be?

    Abuse Narcassism Education


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate that the parents did care about giving a Music Education to their two young girls. I am a seasoned, 40 years as a private piano teacher so I have dealt with and continue to deal with all types of parents; great to horrible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Chua, the author was dealing with her defiant 5 year old and made her go outside to a freezing porch in the middle of the winter in Boston. This experience solidified was a mean, narcassistic mother Mrs. Chua was. If I had been the teacher, I would have social services and had both girls removed from the home.

    When parents abuse their kids in order to vacariously force them to have what they did not have as children, sometimes parents loose their ability to make clear judgement calls; their egos as parents are totally out of line - regardless of culture.

    Children need to laugh, play and be children. Some light exposure to the arts is fine but there needs to be a balance when parents can coddle the talent along in an effective manner without being abusive and condescending.

    Otherwise, as is with the case of so many children, they will end up either committing suicide as they get older and or being in long term therapy with counselors trying to deal with their outrage and anger.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was outraged at how controlling and manipulative this Mrs. Chua was towards her children and then has the audacity to use her limited life experience to blame her abuse on her culture and then in turn, tries to exploit her experience into a marketing campaign to sell books, blaming her abuse on her cultural upbringing, that being Chinese.


    Any additional comments?

    I went on line and pulled up this book an Amazon.com

    Here is what I found;

    Original Used discounted new used copy
    Retail
    $25.95 $16.97 $7.76 $5.00


    I guess Mrs. Chua intention to make a fortune of her kids misfortuned bombed royally even with TV and Radio interviews.

    Karma as an awful bite at times....


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    Maquel L. Russon Lehi, UT 08-20-12
    Maquel L. Russon Lehi, UT 08-20-12
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    "Good story though I did not agree with her"
    If you could sum up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in three words, what would they be?

    stubborn, sad, informational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lou Lou, she taught the author what she needed to know


    What about Amy Chua’s performance did you like?

    honest


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    what really happens in chinese families


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 08-16-12
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 08-16-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Too stict, to lax"

    Interesting read. I have wondered at how the Eastern Culture raises their children. The Chinese have such a strong work ethic (as I did).
    This book describes 2 generations of child rearing in a Chinese and then a Chinese-Jewish/American household.
    It's the total opposite of what US rearing has become. Chinese seem to be too strict and the US is way too lax. There has to be a happy medium, which at the end of this book it seems is finally learned.

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    Kris-Ann Moyer 06-18-12
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    "Thught Provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended it to several friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    I liked her point about learning. "Learning isn't fun. It is hard work. Anything worth learning is hard work. We should quit telling kids learning is fun."


    What does Amy Chua bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was interesting to hear it in her voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    several sittings - while driving


    Any additional comments?

    Just when I was saying to myself, "This woman is a total nut job. . . " I found myself also saying, "Well, she really has a valid point there." It was very thought provoking. I recommended to my book club group.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cate 06-18-12
    Cate 06-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    I purchased the book because it was rated highly in entertainment weekly magazine. The story did bring to light some differant views on parenting but it feels like a work in progerss and not a true guide. The children raised by this method both seemed to benefit but initially reacted in oppisite ways. It is great for people who want a new perspective but not as an answer to what is the better way.

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    Amy Anderson 06-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book"
    Where does Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    What did you learn from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother that you would use in your daily life?

    how to parent and how not to parent. I didn't like her parenting style for the most part but some things were quite useful. it helped me think of parenting in a new light.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cari Oakland, CA, United States 05-24-12
    Cari Oakland, CA, United States 05-24-12
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    "Glad I'm not a Chinese mother"
    If you could sum up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, interesting, and intimidating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mother


    What does Amy Chua bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed having the author read the book, it brought a lot of authenticity to the story. It also made me believe the unbelievable parts.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    I'm going to proudly be a Western mother of Asian descent, but I might sign my kid up for a music class.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this perspective of parenting. It gave me a little bit to aspire to and a lot to let go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 05-19-12
    Richard 05-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A perfectionist's guide to parenting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I'd recommend for another point of view. Ms. Chua's approach is perhaps not for everyone, but the book offers some unique reflections on how to train your children.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    More yet to be written. Ripe for a follow up that can reflect on the results of parenting "the Chinese way".


    What three words best describe Amy Chua’s voice?

    Calm, deliberate, cool


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Rachel Brookline, MA, United States 04-30-12
    Rachel Brookline, MA, United States 04-30-12
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    "Chinese mother tells her parenting stories"
    Would you listen to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother again? Why?

    I may not listen to it again, but I'm very glad I heard her thoughts on parenting - what she did, what mistakes she made, and how it all turned out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her daughters were really the stars of the book.


    What does Amy Chua bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt her voice was a huge part of hearing her story and I likely have more insight on what happened between the members of her family due to the opportunity to hear the inflection in her voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When lulu was outside in the cold, so stubborn!


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the story was quite shocking, my mouth open while riding in my car and listening. I also enjoyed hearing about the growth and changes she's made over the years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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